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SMART test reveals 16000 bad sectors

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#1 crm5341


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Posted 26 July 2013 - 04:32 PM

I don't know much about hardware, I'm a software and programming junkie.


Anyway, I recently dropped my laptop while it was running and the screen froze. Hard power down and wouldn't boot into Windows again. I popped my Ubuntu CD in and grabbed the last few days worth of data from the hard drive with no trouble. Ran the disk utility and did a SMART test and found 16376 bad sectors. I don't know much of anything about bad sectors other than they can't be fixed and lead to "imminent disk failure". How long until this happens? Should I just go ahead and buy a new hard drive or is it safe to try to reinstall Windows and keep using this HDD? Thanks in advance.

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Posted 26 July 2013 - 05:52 PM

I'm sure you'd just be making trouble for yourself by trying to continue using a drive in this condition. You don't want to have a system drive with reliability problems - I would strongly suggest to get a new drive and avoid headaches. Later you could play around with the damaged drive if you're interested, but there's no way to predict how long it will continue to operate successfully even if all the bad sectors are mapped out of use.

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